Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes by Janis Thornton



Welcome to ❧Defining Ways❧  Annie Sinclair.

Q: Have you previously encountered more than one ghost, or earthbound spirit, in your life?

A: Before my dead classmates, Shelayne Goodnight and Johnny Lange, materialized in front of my eyes and scared the spit out of me, I had never encountered a ghost. I think that’s because prior to them sneaking up on me, no dead person had ever deemed me their ticket out of purgatory.

When you read “Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes” you will see why the ghosts of my former school chums tasked me with digging up the truth behind their deaths. Once I did, they were finally able to sever the ties binding them to earth and move into the light.

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life isn’t fair,” but after my stint as a reluctant “ghost whisperer,” I can tell you death isn’t fair either. I’m proud I could help Shelayne and Johnny cross over, but I sure hope they closed the door behind them. Securely. I do not want them — or any other troubled spirits — to pop in on me like that ever again!

Q: Your hometown Logan Point, Indiana, is described as small, so how many people live there?

A: That’s a good question, and I’m glad you asked. At the start of “Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes,” Logan Point’s population was 5,106. But by the Epilogue, that number had changed to 5,107. Isn’t that nice? Logan Point is growing!

Q: Do people live and work in Logan Point or do people commute?

A: Fifty years ago, very few Logan Point residents had to commute to metropolitan areas for work. Prior to that, the town enjoyed a robust manufacturing base and a vibrant Main Street. But after the advent of super highways and big-box stores, Logan Point’s self-sufficiency all but vanished, breadwinners were forced to earn their paychecks elsewhere, and Logan Point became a bedroom community. These days, however, Logan Point’s welcoming, small-town ambiance is attracting newcomers, who are moving in, while natives like me are coming home. Thanks to our combined resources, Logan Point is reinventing itself as a desirable destination, and my hometown is booming again.


Q: Did you travel to the past to reach a future, or did the past beckon you to return?

A: That’s another excellent question. Prior to my last trip home, I would only return to Logan Point if I absolutely had to. I felt like I’d outgrown my sleepy, little hometown the day I left for college. I never missed it. But then, something changed when two things brought me home: 1. A major writing assignment that I hoped would revive my dying career; and 2. A cryptic message from Dad — “I need you home so I can discuss some bidness with you.” … Less than two weeks later, the writing assignment led me to Mr. Right, and my dad’s “bidness” led to our long-overdue reconciliation. So it was the past that brought me home, and the promise of the future is keeping me there.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: A girl has to watch her weight, you know. So I stay away from my most favorite dish in the whole world — white cake with buttercream icing. With sprinkles. OMG! Just typing those words has made my mouth water, my heart race, and my stomach growl. Ummm … excuse me while I run out to White’s Market and Bakery. Be back in 20 minutes. I’ll bring you one, too.

Q: Do you miss the West Coast, or could the Midwest charm you back into residing there?

A: Indeed, the Midwest is charming, but it wasn’t what brought me back. I will always miss the West Coast, but Logan Point is where my heart is.

Q: Anything else we should know?

A: Yes … I want you and your readers to know that I’m enormously grateful for this opportunity to tell you a bit about how I helped the ghost of Johnny Lange prove he wasn’t the one who killed our classmate, Shelayne Goodnight, 25 years before; and how he turned the tables and taught me to trust again and open my heart to love. THANK YOU!

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About the Book

Love, Lies, and Azure Eyes
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Soul Mate Publishing, LLC (June 12, 2019)
Elated by Annie’s response, Johnny caved to his impulse and pressed his mouth to her sweet lips, sparking a surge of electricity that ricocheted through his entire body, and for one glorious moment swept him up in a wave of emotion that meteorically whisked him to the edge of the universe, past swirling spirals of brightly burning stars — white dwarfs, red giants, entire galaxies. Caught in the rapture, he shed his cocoon of darkness and experienced the light — the wonderful, warm, life-affirming light. He reveled in it, felt alive. He almost believed he was. Almost.
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West Coast journalist Annie Sinclair’s career, not to mention her love life, has been on the skids far too long, when she returns to Logan Point, her small, Indiana hometown. She’s back to make amends with her elderly father, and to delve into the 25-year-old, unsolved murder of her high school classmate for a writing gig with a national tabloid.
Annie’s plans soon go awry, and her mettle is tested — first when her father warns her against digging into the past; and again, when she meets the Logan Point Ledger’s handsome, but exasperating, new editor; and again still, when she reconnects with her first love, who clearly wants to rekindle what once was.
But Annie’s most arduous test appears in the form of the earthbound spirit of a boy she once knew — the boy with the azure eyes accused of the murder she is looking into. He needs her to prove his innocence, so he can break the ties that bind him to the darkness. In exchange, he will set Annie free to realize that the love she yearns for is just within her reach … if only she will open her heart.
About the Author
Janis Thornton is the author of a true crime/oral history/memoir, Too Good a Girl, as well as two cozy mysteries,Dust Bunnies & Dead Bodies and Dead Air & Double Dares. She also 


is the author of two local history books and contributor to Undeniably Indiana. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Authors Guild, and the Indianapolis Writers Center. She lives in her Indiana hometown in the same house where she grew up.
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Twitter: @JanisThornton
Purchase Link  Amazon


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